D&R Greenway Land Trust
Spirit by William Vandever

Visit the Art Galleries

Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center

This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900's restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.

You may visit the galleries during weekdays from 10am to 5pm, except for holidays.
Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.

art opening

The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.

Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print

Themed Juried Art Exhibit Call for Entries

Click here for submission guidelines

Earth/Fire is a juried art exhibit hosted by D&R Greenway Land Trust that will feature artistic interpretations of earth and fire to recognize such essential elements to nature and to our lives. This exhibit celebrates the themes of earth and/or fire and all images and variations are welcome: visual interpretations of the land, farms, maps, smoke, chimneys, evocation of warmth or heat, abstraction, etc. Work in any medium and of any size can be submitted, including video & sculpture.

Isaiah Ratterman, Koi in the Shadows, First Place,
Oasis & Mirage: Disappearing Water Juried Exhibit 2014


Current Exhibit:

Garden State Watercolor Society
46th Annual Juried Show
"Nature's Beauty"

Exhibit is open for viewing through September 25, 2015

Awards Reception: Friday, September 25, 4:30 - 6:30 pm
Click here to RSVP

Reception will be held at the Johnson Education Center and
is free and open to the public.

Going Fishin' by Tess Fields

Click here for the list of accepted artists.

The following events will be held at D&R Greenway (click here for PDF listing):

Tuesday, August 18
2 - 3:30 pm

Debby Fryer Artist Demonstration

Wednesday, August 26
2 - 2:30 pm

Lucy Graves McVicker Artist Demonstration

Wednesday, August 26
3 - 3:30 pm

Experimenting with Clayboard Demonstration

Wednesday, August 26
3:30 - 5 pm

Plein Air Session at D&R Greenway (weather permitting)

Wednesday, September 9
3 - 5 pm

Joe Gyurcsak Demonstration

Wednesday, September 9
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Gallery Walk with Robert Heyer

Marie L. Matthews
Marie L. Matthews

The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Olivia Rainbow Gallery

Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.

Current exhibit:

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey's Species on the Edge contest winners



Top to bottom: Mercer County winner Jai'Anise Molder, Middlesex County winner Sayee Sanjana Naresh, Hunterdon County winner Caroline May

The Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest seeks to educate students about NJ's endangered and threatened wildlife. Open to all 5th graders in NJ, students research one of New Jersey's endangered and threatened species, create artwork about the species, and write an essay. A winner is chosen from every county in the state, 21 winners in all. For more information about the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, please visit www.conservewildlifenj.org.

The Jay Vawter Decoy Collection

Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012.  This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display. 

Jay Vawter

D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.

An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift.  He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”

Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways.  In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.

Current exhibit:

Carver Ben Heinemann

Pintail decoy by Ben Heinemann (photo credit: Mary Allessio Leck)


Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540


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